Alone in the Choir: Getting Help

Monday, June 13, 2005

I tried to post this earlier

but fell asleep and I failed to save it. One of the most important parts of staking care of others is to take care of yourself. It takes a lot of time and energy and sometimes it doesn't seem necessary. You have to spend hours sleeping, cooking good meals, going to doctors, etc. YOu need to go on... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Jewish social worker

My daughter's lawyers and her social worker are Jewish. I know that Jews are no longer necessarily liberal or Democrats, but it seems like a lot of the people who work with the poor and/or vulnerable are Jewish. What I like about her social worker is that he knows who can get things done and how to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Involuntary Poverty

is what you get when you sign up for General Assistance and S S I. If there was national insurance, then my daughters could work and not worry about getting a good enough job that would pay for the mental health care. When my husband went to college, he wanted to get a deferment so he wouldn't have... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Getting an apartment

There are apartments that provide support from the mental health center but their rent is the full amount of the SSI check, so residents must receive support from their families or part time work for the extra two hundred to five hundred dollars their family member needs. Since children usually... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

When it rains it pours

Kelly now has working on her case a discharge planner, a social worker hired by the defense to find her housing, mental health treatment, and to get on Social Security Disability. In addition, she has a place to live with a social activist. And she still has me, who coordinates everything. At the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Social Security Advocacy Project

There is someone who can fill out the paperwork for the SSi disability claim and represent my daughter at a hearing if she is rejected. This is a great idea since if there is an error, Social security will be denied. Even if my daughter is able to work when she is older, she needs to get good mental... Sign in to see full entry.

Visiting the Lawyer

There isn't much the law can and will do for families of the mentally il, in Washington state. Guardianship, has lost its teeth and doesn little to help families. For example, if your family member is ill, the guardian cannot get someone to take the ward intot he hospital against his will, they can... Sign in to see full entry.

This Blog: It's purpose

I want to write a pamphlet on how to deal with a mental illness of a close family member. I am not trying to organize it, or write in any sort of order, but just to write what I learn. Once I feel like I've covered the subject well, I'll go back to this blog and organize it. However, today I want to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

When the hospital isn't going to get paid,

then they work hard to get patients on social security and medical coupons. Otherwise, they don't worry about it. I'm not sure what the limit of the number of hospital days my daughter can have, but I think there is one. Our state voted for parity between mental illness and other diseases, but since... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 23, 2005

I've been told by everyone

that my daughter needs to be on social security. The problem is that she lives at home and has insurance. Social security doesn't want to pay if it can get away without paying. We did apply once, after she had dropped out of school when she went to the hospital. She could have had a hearing and we... Sign in to see full entry.

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